I suppose there are a variety of options, such as contacting the
church yourself and asking about a baptismal record, or trying to get
a civil record yourself. But as for easiest and most efficient: hire a
knowledgeable local researcher to get the civil birth record for you;
bonus if they can also extract or get a digital photo of the baptismal
I recently hired someone to get a civil birth record for me; I was
looking for the child's father's origin. The civil record didn't give
that info, unfortunately. But since the birth record gave me an exact
date of birth (which I didn't have before), I asked the researcher to
call the parish and ask if they would look up the baptismal record and
just see if it noted the father's town of origin. I was trying to make
it very easy, afraid they might balk if they perceived a request to be
a hassle. It worked; they did the quick look-up, and the record had
the info I wanted. Moral of the story: it can be so much easier with a
good researcher right there.
On Aug 5, 2011, at 1:58 AM, Peter M wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've had a very successful time with the church records working from
> 1777 with about 4 possible branches of the family, but now there is
> a gap from 1896 to 1920 where church records end and family records
> are now non-existent.
> Specifically I need to find my Grandfather's birth record.
> What is the most efficient and easiest method of getting a copy of